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Here's where this book went wrong for me:
1) Left behind the tarot card plot device already through. That's her main thing, why dump it?
2) Weak male characters. They're all gorgeous, rock hard and painting with lust for the heroine on sight. Why?
3) Introducing a significant character at 90%.
4) Not properly introducing characters, i.e. Nikki. It was as though we were already supposed to know who she is and what their relationship is without explanation. I read the novella prequel and nothing about her.
5) Heroine repeatedly takes on dangerous jobs without asking about potential complications, as in, what is this thing and who else might be after it?
6) Cliff hanger ending. Not cool. Many unanswered questions and plot threads unresolved.
The last thing is a personal request. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only reader who doesn't like rapey heroes. Every man who met Sara pushed himself on her while she fought to get away. She was slammed to the ground, shoved against the wall, manhandled in every way. THAT IS NOT SEXY. You know what's sexy? Both people wanting each other, both people initiating contact, both people kissing each other. Smashing a woman against a wall, kissing her and grinding your pelvis on her while she struggles to get away is not appealing, romantic or sexy. Authors, PLEASE stop using Mr. Grey as a romantic device. Please!
If this was a story draft, I would revise all the male characters and remove the insta-lust and assault. I would not introduce a character at 90%. I would make sure the tarot use remained consistent. I would spend more time with descriptions and back story throughout. And I would not end on a cliff hanger.
Besides those concerns, the action is good and the storyline interesting. Almost a really good book. I'm undecided on the next installment, but I'm leaning towards "no" right now.
But there are at least 4 or 5 scenes with 3 different men who attempt to either force her for sex or sexually intimidate her. Forcing her to be turned on with psychic power isn't a real yes. An actual assault almost happens but it was an illusion that just felt real doesn't count as playing. Sad that all these happen with the "good guys"
If you like Lara Croft, Indiana Jones, a little bit of Warehouse 13, and a lot of magic, you're going to want to get on the megabus to Immortal Vegas. Yes, there's a bit of a cliffie at the end (so go get the next one right away--I did), but it's stunningly obvious through the story that this is part of a larger series with long-term planning carefully laid down. The world that Stark has developed around Immortal Vegas is too big to fit into one book, and there are strong hints that the cast of characters is going to get bigger. It's worth it to not fly through this book (although the pacing makes that hard!) because there are layers to it that are easy to miss on a casual glance. But there are ideas that creep back in to haunt you, and before you know it, you're paging back to highlight that little two-sentence mention and leaving yourself a note to remember it for later.
Fans of paranormal romance will find a lot to like in this book, but it's not a romance in the strictest sense. The world that is Sara Wilde's stomping grounds is populated with people--and beings--whose worldviews definitely fall outside the expectations of romance heroes. The real love story here is Sara's struggle to overcome her own past and shortcomings, and love herself enough to maintain her defiant independence when going toe to toe against immensely powerful adversaries--and those are just her allies.
Urban fantasy lovers will find all the best catnip in this story, including a strong main character whose flaws are to relate to, and a fascinating, well-built, strongly-researched foundation of world building worthy of an RPG. Complex, ambiguous characters that feel real, and a magic system that follows its own rules make this a thrill ride whose exit welcomes you into an entire amusement park with a three-day pass.
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